A Little Friday Fun, Anyone? Let’s Play 20 Questions!

OK, you guys, I’ve got a window just to have a little fun. I’m going to take the first 20 questions you ask as long as…

1) They are questions that have short answers (In other words, this is not the time for an explanation of TULIP).

2) They’re not heavy questions. (Remember, this is mostly just for fun. That doesn’t mean you can’t ask anything spiritual. It just means that we’re not going to handle heavy topics like, for instance, my abuse background. That’s for another time.)

3) I actually know the answer. (If I don’t, I’ll try to do you the favor of not acting like I do. Grin.)

Only one question per person! I’ll take the first 20 that I can answer in my time frame! Oh, and I’ll just post the questions I hope to be able to answer so that it’s not frustrating to you to have your unanswered question dangling there. Make sense?

I love you guys so much. What this really means is that I wish you and I were just sitting around talking this afternoon over a cup of coffee…or tea for you tea drinkers.

Have a great weekend, everybody!



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  1. 1
    rachel h says:

    What are your favorite places to shop for anything? πŸ™‚

    • 1.1
      Beth says:

      When I can, I love to land a DEAL. I love feeling like I got away with something. I like to go into discount places like Ross and TJ Max and even Burlington Coat Factory if I’m just messing around. Sometimes I find things and other times I don’t. When I’m not just playing around and I’m serious about leaving the store with something I can speak in, I go to Steinmart or Zara. I also do typical mall department stores like Macy’s. Macy’s has great tops for speaking.

    • 1.2
      Steph says:

      I am SO glad you asked that cause I have wondered the same thing!!

  2. 2
    kim vest says:

    What’s your favorite pair of shoes?

    • 2.1
      Beth says:

      Man, I wish I had them on! I’m writing you from work rather than home and I have no idea what brand they are. They are two toned brown suede heels with an open toe and a strap closer to the ankle. I stare at my feet when I wear them. The silly part is that I’ve had them for every bit of three years and I still feel that way. And, if you’re talking about in general, I LOVE BOOTS. Any kind.

  3. 3
    Anne Dureka says:

    What is your all time favorite movie, and why?

    • 3.1
      Beth says:

      Remember the Titans! I think it’s my favorite because Keith and I both love it and so little of our entertainment tastes overlap. Grin. We’ve seen it a thousand times and say most of the lines with the characters.

  4. 4
    Nee Nee says:

    What is your must have accessory for this fall?

    • 4.1
      Beth says:

      Hmmmmm. I have a really cute black purse from last Fall that’s still great for this year but I haven’t had a really darling brown-toned one in a couple of years. I think that would be it. I’m not big on designer purses. I’m more into just a tad funky without looking like I’m trying to be all young.

      • Barbra Keeler says:

        That’s what I’ve been searching for to! Let us know if you find it please! =)

  5. 5
    Jessica says:

    This is sort of a two-in-one cheater question: What is a recent fiction book you’ve read that you’d recommend, and what is a recent non-fiction book you’ve read that you’d recommend? It’s interesting to hear about what authors love to read, and I love hearing about new books to check out! πŸ™‚

    • 5.1
      Beth says:

      It is so interesting that you’d ask this question because I almost posted last week how frustrated I am over this subject. Do you know that a lot of people in Christian servant/leadership can’t recommend a book or even mention having read one without suddenly becoming responsible for the complete, complex doctrines – not only of the writer himself/herself – but of all those who endorse him/her?? Or have ever appeared on a platform with him/her?? Or ever pastored him/her?? Or been on the same airplane with him/her?? It’s just nuts. I’m a rabid reader and read all sorts of different things and won’t even realize that someone/something is controversial until I mention it and wham. Someone objects. It’s sad, isn’t it? Can’t we sometimes have sense enough just to disregard parts of certain books that we don’t line up with while we still gain from the other sections? Honestly, who on earth do we line up with 100% of the time? If that’s all we read, we’re going to have a pretty short list. (Can you tell this hit a nerve? You saved me having to write a whole post about it though.) You guys aren’t the people I’m frustrated with, of course. The only reason I was going to write a post on it was to share my frustrations (i.e. whine) in a safe environment. So, now that you’re sorry you asked (laughing – I’m actually so glad you asked), I’ll answer with a few. Fiction: I LOVE ANYTHING ROBERT WHITLOW. Jan Karon. Francine Rivers. Plenty of others. Among non-Christian fiction selections, I couldn’t put down “The Help” and felt like it was an important read. The non-fiction book I’m most excited to get in the near future is Kelly Minter’s new Bible study on Nehemiah. It doesn’t come out until after the new year. I loved this question, Sister! I LOVE BOOKS! Thanks for asking!

      • Beth says:

        Just so you guys know, I was exaggerating over the same airplane part.

      • Lynn says:

        I so understand this and think it is so wrong. Some of this has happened in a church I know of. Sad to me, so thankful God sees past such things and loves us in spite of ourselves!!

      • Leigh Ann Long says:

        Kelly Minter will have a new Bible study out!?!?!??? YES! πŸ™‚
        (I should be finished with James by then!)

      • Debbie says:

        I also love Robert Whitlow, and also couldn’t put down “The Help”. Hardly any of my friends read Christian fiction so I am always looking for suggestions. Loved when years ago people inputted their favorite reads, it lead me to “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers. I loved it and was so glad for the recommendation. Thanks for answering this question.

      • Roberta says:

        Oh, I just finished The Help tonight. That was one of those books that once I cracked it I couldn’t put it down. Great book!

      • Lisette says:

        I loved “The Help” too. It was great. I couldn’t put it down.

      • Sue says:

        Charles Martin- “The Mountain Between Us” great read,you won’t be able to put it down!

  6. 6
    Fonda says:

    I am currently taking your ‘Beloved Disciple’ class with a group at church. You talked about taking the dogs out in a field to chase rabbits as yours and Keith’s favorite past time. What do you do for fun now? Still chasing rabbits?

    • 6.1
      Beth says:

      You know, we lost those two buddies three years ago within 21 days of one another. That was Beanie and Sunny. Oh, man. I could still cry over both of them. We still LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to walk our dogs these days (Geli and Star) but the spot where all the rabbits used to be is covered in an apartment complex now. Frown. Still, I would say walking dogs and hiking is huge on our hobby list. But now we have Annabeth and Jackson – actual humans – and I’d say they just about make us happier than anything on this natural planet.

  7. 7
    Kimberly says:

    What’s your favorite vacation?

    • 7.1
      Beth says:

      The Teton Forest in Wyoming! Hands down! No contest! Hiking around Jenny Lake. Eating at Signal Mountain Lodge on the porch overlooking Jackson Lake. I love the Tetons especially this time of year. Spectacular in the Fall.

      • Theresa says:

        Yay for the Tetons in Wyoming! I’m in Sheridan, Wyoming and know just the places you speak of. AND I can’t wait to see you November 4th and 5th in Casper, ,Wyoming!!!!

  8. 8
    Tessa T says:

    Best piece of marriage advice?

  9. 9
    Aimee D. says:

    How do you encourage others to get past old church hurts without taking sides, causing uncomfort or bringing up the past to make the hurt worse?

    • 9.1
      Beth says:

      I’ve come back to this one because I just don’t have an easy answer. It’s a very real issue. But, I think getting over past hurts – church or otherwise – basically takes a lot of prayer, time, willing dialogue, and the love of Christ invading the human heart. The thing that most effectively helps me get over the offenses of others time and time again is the fresh realization that nobody has been more foolish than me. And that’s not false humility. Unfortunately, it’s just the truth. I’m so sorry for your hurt, my beloved sister. I’d give you a hug right now if I could.

      • Cynthia says:

        Thanks for answering this one! It’s so real and I appreciate your response. Can I just say that from experience sometimes the “willing dialogue” has to be pouring our hearts out like a pitcher to the only One who is willing to dialogue about it. I have always been thankful for that advice you taught during one of your Bible studies. I can’t remember which one it was specifically – sorry. πŸ™‚

  10. 10
    Megan says:

    Where do you get your haircut in Houston? Dying for a new place to try…

    • 10.1
      Beth says:

      I go to a precious young woman named Angie who rents a small space in a larger building of independent salons. I am afraid she’d faint if I put her information on here because she books through her cell phone. I love her heart as much as her scissors. She is dear to me. She also lets me work my head off on my laptop in her chair. I never know what she’s done with my hair until I look up at the end. I’m smiling at the thought. The last sentence of the James Bible study was written in that chair.

  11. 11
    Julie says:

    What is your favorite thing to have done to your nails and how long does it last?

    • 11.1
      Beth says:

      I don’t really have a favorite thing to get done with my nails but I have a regular thing that I get done with my nails. (In other words, I don’t greatly enjoy it but I do it.) My mentor, Marge Caldwell, taught all of us young speakers to either do our nails or get our nails done and to keep our hands well manicured and, to this day, I comply. She reasoned that we teach almost as much with our hands as our mouths.

      I also realize what a workaholic I am every time I get my nails done because it’s like torture not to be able to check my phone or bang around on my laptop. I do solar nails with a French manicure. I learned from the early Bible study tapings how dating nail colors can be. I haven’t worn a color for years but I love colors on others.

      • Ashley says:

        That was great advice. I always find myself looking at your nails on the DVDs. I’m easily distracted and it makes me think about all the maintenance I need to do, but don’t have time for. Like fingernails, a pedicure (my feet are ga-ross), oh and shaving my legs would be a nice touch, too. I’m sure my husband would agree πŸ˜‰

      • Michelle (LemonadeGal) says:

        I love Marge! Your mentioning her just makes me smile. She was a dear, dear woman.

  12. 12
    Katie says:

    Where would I find the best Tex-Mex food in Houston? And what should I order tonight when I go there?

    • 12.1
      Beth says:

      Pappasito’s is a slam dunk and there are lots of locations. DEFINITELY get the chicken fajitas. They come with a side of garlic butter that is so good, you could drink it. (But don’t. Grin.) Also, their chips are paper thin. And to me, the true test: homemade, rolled out flour tortillas. Great salsa.

      • Lindsey P says:

        My husband LOVES that butter sauce stuff… haha he always gets the fajitas when we go.

      • Toni says:

        I heart Pappasito’s! We used to love it when we were in TX. We have one here in GA that’s just a bit of a drive from where we live, but boy is it worth it. πŸ™‚

      • Bobbie says:

        I have to agree with you Beth! It’s the first place we stop every time we come into Houston! The chips and salsa are so yummy!

  13. 13
    Pamela says:

    How much fun are you and Keith having being grandparents!!! Isn’t it a blast :)))

  14. 14
    Regan says:

    You and your girls have all written about how you like to make Thanksgiving dinner. What is your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? And will you share it? πŸ™‚

    • 14.1
      Beth says:

      My grandmother’s cornbread dressing that then became my mother’s cornbread dressing that then became my (and my siblings’) cornbread dressing. It’s something I sort of make by feel but if you’ll remind me before the holidays, I may do a video tutorial. That would be kind of fun, wouldn’t it?

      • April says:

        YES! Please do this!!!!

      • Beth says:

        Oh, and my mother made a buttermilk pie for Thanksgiving that could still bring tears to my eyes. So blasted good. Remind me to post that recipe, too.

        • G.J. says:

          Beth: Please do this! We would love it. And the fact that you mentioned buttermilk pie DID bring tears to my eyes. That is one of our family favorites.

          I love you to pieces,

        • Suzie says:

          we always had buttermilk pie for Thanksgiving as well. Such great memories!

      • Leigh Ann Long says:

        Yes, Yes, Yes!! I always get my sister in law to make the dressing or go buy it from the local S & S Restaurant. I’m scared I will mess up the dressing and it would be really hard to have Thanksgiving without dressing!

      • Bobbie says:

        That would be fun! Cornbread dressing is my favorite part of the meal-I could do that with nothing else.

  15. 15
    Julie says:

    What hair products do you use?? Dying to know! Your hair is great!! πŸ™‚

    • 15.1
      Beth says:

      I wish I was better at brands! I can’t remember the name of the shampoo and conditioner that my stylist sells me for my naturally bushy hair. But here are two things I use that are staples among my hair habits: Amplify Root Lifter for the top half. (Big Sexy Hair also makes a great root lifter and I use it, too, but am too embarrassed to say I do.) Moroccan Oil for the bottom half.

  16. 16
    Jessica says:

    Where did you eat while you were in Baltimore? ( and did you like it so I should know to visit or avoid!)

    • 16.1
      Beth says:

      I flew out so fast I didn’t get to eat anywhere afterward! VERY SAD!! I’ll find out the name of the restaurant we went to on Thursday night and get back to you. It was great.

  17. 17
    Melissa says:

    How do you get your hair so big?


  18. 18
    Megan says:

    What’s your Starbucks order?

    • 18.1
      Beth says:

      Grande Nonfat Dry Cappuccino! AND, if it’s later in the day and I wish I had something a little sweet, I might ask for the same drink with one shot of mocha in it or a latte with one pump of Pumpkin Spice. I don’t like much sweetener in my coffee so it’s always one pump at the most.

  19. 19
    Charlotte says:

    If you could choose one thing to get ready in the morning before leaving the house what would it be??

    I am thinking of products that one would use to make themselves look beautimous πŸ˜‰


    • 19.1
      Beth says:

      If I could only do one thing, I think I’d put on mascara. I used a L’Oreal brand for years and loved it but they discontinued it. After much experimentation, I now use a Estee Lauder brand that I believe has the word “sumptuous” in it. Laughing. I’m going to start paying more attention.

  20. 20
    Laurie says:

    What is the favorite place you’ve visited on vacation?

  21. 21
    Jessie says:

    What’s your favorite chocolate indulgence?

    • 21.1
      Beth says:

      Chocolate covered almonds! But, mind you, I don’t give in very often. Even better would be chocolate covered macadamia nuts! I do love a nut…dipped in chocolate.

  22. 22
    Katie says:

    What is your one piece of advice that you always pass on to new mommies?

    • 22.1
      Beth says:

      We only get one shot at it. Once they’re grown, they’re grown. Give up on doing it perfectly but do it with a lot of heart and a lot of laughter and a WHOLE LOT OF JESUS. And rock them all you can.

      • Aly says:

        don’t know why this one made me cry… or why it prompted me to tell you that it did…

        i have a 2 yr old daughter and another girl on the way, coming in february. i learned pretty quickly that perfection isn’t possible, which is a huge relief. we do lots of laughing and we do lots of Jesus. i need to work on the rocking. i know i’ll miss it when they’re too big πŸ™ it just goes by too quickly! but then that’s why God invented grandchildren, right? (that’s what my parents tell me, anyway)

        enjoying all your answers, but this one just hit me… must be the pregnancy hormones πŸ™‚

  23. 23
    Eliabeth says:

    What is currently your drink @ Starbucks? I’m a partner & like to know what loved ones drink so I can pray for that person whenever I have that drink to make. What drink should remind me to pray for you whenever my customers order it?:)

    • 23.1
      Beth says:

      Check the answer to the same general question about four questions earlier! Thanks, Eliabeth! I love your name, by the way. So unusual.

  24. 24
    Abbey says:

    Is there a particular food that you dislike so strongly that you would refuse to eat it if someone offered it to you?

    • 24.1
      Beth says:

      Caviar! ICK. I also don’t really like duck or lamb. But, I had to really think about your question because, mostly, I have a strong affinity for foods of all sorts.

  25. 25

    What’s you favorite color?

    • 25.1
      Beth says:

      I love pale (frosty) pink but I also love coral. But I think I just hijacked the favorite color question and landed it into the topic of lipstick. I do dearly love lipsticks and glosses. Not that you asked. Grin.

  26. 26
    rene sandifer says:

    When you Pick a floral bouquet for yourself or as a gift, what are your favorite flowers or colors of flowers?

    • 26.1
      Beth says:

      I think I love lilies best of all. No, wait! Tulips! Louie and Shelley Giglio (Passion Conferences) have sent Keith and me tulips every Christmas for years and they thrive in a vase throughout the entire holiday. I am nuts over them. (The Giglio’s AND the tulips.)

  27. 27
    Sandy Bowers says:

    Probably missed the first 20…..so instead of a question, I’ll just say that you make my day….every day! I so enjoy your tweets and blog entries, most of them make me laugh out loud. I want to grow up to be just like you….even if we are both the same age. You are an inspiration and my hero. I wish we were sitting across from one another as well. Blessings and hugs SiestaMama! There’s no one else like you.

    • 27.1
      Ruth says:

      Yes! I just love this post! I love the serious ones and the fun ones, and everything in between. . . and I love that it just really feels like we’re friends who spur each other on in the most holy pursuit we can have. Thanks for sharing yourself with us and encouraging us in the Lord! With much love and many prayers. . .

      • Lisa Patti says:

        Ruth you said it perfectly! I loved reading the questions and answers today. Thank you Beth for the fun!

    • 27.2
      April says:

      Amen Susan! Could not have said it better! I love the serious posts, but I thrive over the fun, silly ones. Beth I love it when you post real life stuff.

    • 27.3
      Angie says:

      I’m using this as a like button….like on Facebook! πŸ™‚

    • 27.4
      Beth says:

      Oh, Sandy, I love you, too! And you guys so often make my day and make ME laugh out loud. I love this blog community very, very much. It’s all the grace of Jesus, isn’t it?? There’s just nobody else like Him!

    • 27.5
      Lauren says:

      Amen, sister!

  28. 28
    Johanna says:

    Do you get recognized in public a lot? Does it get annoying? Are you mostly only recognized at church? in Houston? Everywhere? Nowhere?

  29. 29
    His Jules says:

    Do you ever feel as if you don’t have enough hours in the day to pray about all that needs praying about, or you feel as if when you pray your prayers are totally inadequate? I know you said no spiritually heavy stuff so you dont have to elaborate, it would just be nice to know that I am not crazy for feeling this way at times.

  30. 30
    Rachel says:

    Do you prefer sweaters or hoodies? (This is asked as I’m currently in a long-sleeve shirt FREEZING while it’s 85 degrees outside!)

  31. 31


    What’s one fun thing you wished you’d done more with your girls when they were little!

    love you!

  32. 32
    Robin says:

    Is that story from your new breaking free video, about the pastor, carrying the flag, to hide his zipper incident, for REAL? If so, where can I read about it, to show my husband, it was way funnier from your mouth than mine (b/c you are MEANT to be a christian comedian, it is your second calling :))

  33. 33
    Jeanine says:

    Do you have an all time favorite song? If so, what is it, and why? That’s really more than one question… : )

  34. 34
    April says:

    SANDY! (Where did I get Susan from) geez!

  35. 35
    sweet anonymous says:

    Dear Beth,
    At the LPL conferences is there a certain thing or moment that is just your most favorite thing?

    • 35.1
      Beth says:

      Watching one precious woman “get it.” When I see on her face that God just switched a light on for her and that she heard straight from Him, Girl, that is what I live for.

  36. 36
    Karen says:

    Taking a chance you might answer this ~ I know you have always been thin, but how do you eat? Is anything off limits? xoxoxo πŸ™‚

  37. 37
    Charity says:

    Are you ever coming to the UK? PLEASE! πŸ™‚

  38. 38
    Sally says:

    What kind of advice did you give your girls about finding a good husband?

  39. 39
    Sharon J says:

    Thank you what fun!!! enjoyed it will be in Houston for the first time in January and will try to go to pappasitos. ENjoyed your comment about books too! so true

  40. 40
    Amanda May says:

    How do you fit exercise into your schedule?

  41. 41
    Karene says:

    This is sort of related to the book question, but I was wondering if you could tell us some of your favorite devotionals you’ve used over the years.

  42. 42
    Jennifer Tricarico says:

    Man, this homeschooling thing is putting a SERIOUS cramp in my blog addiction! πŸ™‚ Momma Beth, if I could ask you one question right now it would probably be how do you DO it all? Do you ever sleep? that was two. Sorry.

    Amanda – I’m now on zulilly and loving it. Lindsee – I have “get frozen choc mix @ W/Sonoma” on my shopping list. No lie.

    I love you guys. Praying for God’s continued hand of favor over you as you minister and minister and minister…

  43. 43
    Heisfaithful says:

    Dang…I think I missed being the first 20. But just in case you actually have time…

    Do you like Asian food? If you ever find yourself in Eugene, OR, I’ll make you the best Korean bbq ribs this side of heaven….um… OK…I may be exaggerating just a little. Mine’s ok but not really the best. But it might be good enough to have you sit down and chat with me for a spell. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the Friday fun, Mama Beth!

  44. 44
    Amber says:

    Probably more than 20…(and more in the line of Sandy’s) but my question is: Will you be my BFF? πŸ˜‰

  45. 45
    Beth says:

    Y’all were so much fun! Thanks for playing! It really did make me feel like we were sitting around visiting for a few minutes. If I get a chance, I’ll try to answer a few more here and there over the next few days but, for now, I’ve got to get home to my wild man.

    I am crazy about the whole lot of you.

    • 45.1
      Debbie says:

      Well, Miss Beth, we’re pretty crazy about you too!!!!! Thanking God for you, yet again today! (Its Canadian Thanksgiving. You can be sure you are right up there for what I’m thankful for.)